Mission, Values, & Vision


The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.

Northwest Nazarene University is a Christian university of the liberal arts, professional and graduate studies. The University is grounded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and is an educational expression of the Northwest region of the Church of the Nazarene.

Northwest Nazarene University is founded upon belief in and relationship with the One Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, we seek to build our lives and the practices of the University upon the Kingdom of God as revealed in Jesus.


Transformation—We believe education fosters transformation. NNU engages and affects all domains of life—intellectual, social, physical and spiritual—thereby advancing the transformation of the individual, the church and the world.

Truth—We believe education pursues truth. NNU explores knowledge, the wonder of God’s creative activity, the story of human civilization and the achievements in the arts, sciences and professions. Ultimately, we believe Jesus is the truth incarnate; therefore, we pursue Christ. 

Community—We believe education flourishes in community. NNU provides a learning and faith community that teaches, challenges and encourages each other through intellectual and spiritual practices. Within covenantal relationships we express our love for God and others.

Service—We believe education cultivates service. NNU teaches the importance of a life of servanthood as modeled by Jesus Christ. We learn to lead by giving of ourselves to God and humankind.

Vision 2025 - A More Excellent Way

Guided by a vision of the Kingdom of God, Northwest Nazarene University seeks a more excellent way, to be a transformative learning community expressing the love of Jesus by forming scholars, nurturing disciples, serving the Church, shaping the culture, redeeming the world. Five vision imperatives give focus to NNU VISION 2025

  1. Forming Scholars—Pursuing Truth, Seeking Wisdom
  2. Nurturing Disciples—Living in the Great Commandments
  3. Serving the Church—Covenant Partners in the Great Commission
  4. Shaping the Culture—God’s Creative Agents
  5. Redeeming the World—God’s Redemptive Agents

See more information about the NNU vision, including videos explaining each of the NNU vision imperatives.